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Standing on a balcony and watching as the street below filled with fans clamoring to catch a glimpse of him, stopping traffic in the process, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said he felt like “the President of the United States.”
And less than a decade removed from the days when he began fighting in the sport of mixed martial arts, the man known as “GSP” could now add the Philippines to the nations he has conquered. (more…)
European super bantamweight champion Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez (23-3, 17 KOs) and Prizefighter winner Willie “Big Bang” Casey (10-0, 6 KOs) will come face to face again in Dublin at a press conference tomorrow to officially announce their November 6th showdown at the University Sports Arena in Limerick, Ireland. It has been a meteoric rise for Casy, who four months ago was an unknown 5-0 super bantamweight prospect. His big break came when a hand injury has forced former WBC champion Wayne McCullough to withdraw from “Prizefighter Super Bantamweights” and Casey stepped in on just days notice to beat the odds and win the whole event. Also in attendance will the reigning European Union and Irish super bantamweight beltholder Paul Hyland who features in the chief support bout and will be eyeing a shot at the winner of Martinez-Casey.
On Sunday in Berlin, welterweight Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) fought the fight of his life and shocked the reigning WBO European champion Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs). Berg was announced as the “winner on points” and had his hand raised. Two days later, the German Boxing Association changed the result to a draw, citing a mistake on the scorecards which both the referee and the GBA supervisor apparently didn’t see.
Needless to say, the Berg camp is not happy with these developments and finds it highly dubious that the GBA would change a result without any hearing procedure, seemingly protecting a world rated fighter from a damaging and expensive loss in what would be considered a tune-up fight. (more…)
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has responded to a YouTube video posted by title challenger Audley Harrison, and claimed his fellow Londoner needs to “bring an ax” when the pair swap blows on November 13 in Manchester, live on Sky Sports HD.
Harrison recorded and published a video on Monday, featuring footage of him preparing for an uphill run at his Big Bear training camp in California, armed with an ax for protection.
“It’s six o’clock in the morning and we’re here on the track to do a 45-minute uphill run,” explained Harrison in the video. “We are 7,500-feet above sea level, and you don’t get this in London where David Haye is training – coming out of his posh palace and going down to his gym. (more…)
39-year-old former IBO jr welterweight titleholder Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2, 16 KOs) returns for his first fight in over six years when he takes on unbeaten prospect Jessie Vargas (11-0, 6 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Sarmiento was last seen in 2004 losing his IBO belt to Colin Lynes in England.
“Gritty vs. Pretty,” which has a reality TV show kind of ring to it, is actually a fair framing of the looming showdown between Leonard Garcia and Mark Hominick. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Welterweight contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his girlfriend Marisol González from Televisa Sports dropped by WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s weekly press conference in Mexico City. More photos…
Photos: Errol Anderson
Oscar de la Hoya made the surprise announcement of the signing of former World Champion Paulie Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) to a boxing promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions on Tuesday during a boxing clinic at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. Malignaggi will campaign at a new weight class, 147 pounds, where he feels he will be more comfortable and effective. “This is the start of a new stage of my career,” Malignaggi said. “A new promoter, a new weight class and a new opportunity to face the best, beat the best and win a world championship.” A date, site and opponent for Malignaggi’s first fight with Golden Boy Promotions will be announced soon. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) will be in action against former world title challenger Ji-Hoon Kim (21-6, 18 KOs) in an IBF eliminator at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on October 31. On the same show, American-based Russian and former IBF 154 pound champion Roman Karmazin (40-3-2, 26 KOs) will clash with Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF middleweight eliminator. (more…)
Top trainer Freddie Roach is featured in the October issue of Playboy (on newsstands now). The feature—The Unstompable Roach—talks about how Roach grew up among a family of fighters (including his mother, who was New England’s first female boxing judge) and went on to become a fighter. Says Roach of his childhood: “Tough household…She broke up one of our fights with an aluminum baseball bat. Hit my brother over the head with it twice—clang, clang!” Roach’s career as a boxer in Las Vegas is detailed in the article as well as his other thoughts/experiences as a trainer. Roach is currently best-known as a trainer to Manny Pacquiao. In the article, he talks about how Manny could defeat Floyd Mayweather.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Lo Mejor del Boxeo & Gabriel F. Cordero
Today the final press conference was held in Panama City for Saturday’s big WBA KO Drugs XXII boxing night festival at the Roberto Duran Arena featuring 14 fights. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Rogelio Espino of Promotions y Eventos del Istmo have combined efforts for this event, which will include boxers from Mexico, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, United States, Russia and Panama. Panama will be the world boxing Capital this weekend.
Former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (49-4-1, 35 KOs), currently world ranked #11 in the lightweight division, will now face Wilson Alcorro (26-12-3 , 17 KOs) on Friday night in Corrientes, Argentina. The bout will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” series.
Former IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “It was officially announced today! From here on now, I’m with Golden Boy Promotions! New show, so get your popcorn ready!” Malignaggi said on Twitter.
Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, will lead a boxing clinic for local amateur teenage boxers from USA Boxing Metro at the famed Gleason’s Gym at 77 Front Street in Brooklyn today, Tuesday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to De La Hoya, instructors to participate in the clinic will include: Brooklyn native and middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, Philadelphia’s undefeated junior welterweight Danny Garcia, and Newark’s undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Perez. Everlast, the premier fight sports and fitness brand in the world, will provide boxing gloves for each of the youngsters participating in the clinic. Golden Boy Promotions will promote a minimum of 12 boxing events a year at the nearby Barclays Center soon after it opens in 2012.
Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the final of Prizefighter Heavyweights IV after line-up alterations ahead of the October 9 fight night at York Hall, Bethnal Green. The pair have fought twice previously with Skelton coming out on top on both occasions, and now the withdrawal of three fighters has led to a change in the draw, meaning the old foes are on course for a third showdown in the final live on Sky Sports. (more…)
WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (22-1, 16 KOs) returns just 15 days after his previous fight. Lee will face Troy Lowry (27-10, 16 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout on October 2, headlining the Hitz Boxing card at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
In the eight-round co-feature, super middleweight prospect Henry Coyle (11-2, 10 KOs) meets Mustafah Johnson (8-7-1, 2 KOs) while in a special attraction Chocagoland favorite Miguel Hernandez (20-11, 10 KOs) takes on former contender Antwun Echols (32-14-4, 28 KOs) in a super middleweight six-rounder. Also on tap is a heavyweights four-rounder between unbeaten Dave Latoria (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. Yevgeniy Shishporenok (7-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $10, and are available at the “Venue” box office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
It was just officially announced yesterday that undefeated top-rated welterweight contender Mike Jones will be defending his NABA and NABO belts against Jesus Soto-Karass in the TV opener on the November 13 Pacquiao-Margarito PPV telecast. However, promoter Frank Warren has approached promoter Bob Arum and the WBO about making a fight for the interim WBO welterweight title between the WBO #2 rated Jones and #1 rated Kell Brook in London this December instead. Brook is already talking about it. “If it’s going to be Mike Jones next, then bring him on. I’ve got no fear of anyone that Frank puts in front of me. I look at his record and his long list of knockouts and I know that it would be one hell of a fight, but I know I would come out on top.”
With IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir KLitschko is looking for a suitable challenger for his scheduled defense on December 11, Juan Carlos Gomez (48-2, 35 KOs) says he’s available. After losing in March 2009, “The Black Panther” is targeting a rematch against the younger of the two Klitschko brothers. “I don’t know why Wladimir is taking so long and acting like there is no real test. I’m in the shape of my life. I’ve never been so fit. Since my fight against Vitali, I’ve list more than 20lbs and have trained very hard. If Wladimir is really looking for a challenge, here I am!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fames boxing ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. will be in charge of introducing the two WBA world title fights on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, when Luis “El Nica” Concepcion defends his WBA interim flyweight crown against Denkaosan Kaovichit and Guillermo “El Felino” Jones defends his WBA cruiserweight crown against Valery Brudov. Among the personalities of world boxing expected to be in attendance will be WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, former WBA/IBF/WBO/WBC world champion Ricardo “Finito” Lopez and legendary promoter Don King among others. “We waiting for a great boxing fight night,” said WBA executive vice-president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “We know we can do it. This a big show to the word.”
WBO mandatory challenger Nathan Cleverly has fired a warning shot to WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer after Braehmer questioned Cleverly’s punching power following his win over Karo Murat in Birmingham. “I thought Murat was very weak, he had no chance,” Braehmer told the BBC. “Cleverly landed loads of punches, but without any real venom. It will not, I can assure you, be so easy against me.”
But unbeaten Clev now wants to give Braehmer a taste of his punches. “It really made me laugh when I read Braehmer’s quotes,” said the Welshman. “I’ve stopped my last seven opponents, and it will be eight if Braehmer plucks up the courage to get in the ring with me.” (more…)
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UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, WEC star Urijah Faber, UFC star Shane Carwin, Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson, and TAPOUT’s Skrap and Punkass will be available to sign autographs for WEC fans on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, in Broomfield, Colo.
Doors open at the arena at 3:30 for the Aldo-Gamburyan WEC card. First bout is at 4 p.m.
Photos: Henry Bedoy/MP Promotions
Baguio City, Philippines – Champion Boxer-Congressman Manny Pacquiao started his training in Baguio City Monday morning, his next phase of his build-up against Mexican Antonio Margarito.
By Alberto Salazar
Photo: Sixto Lopez/Quequi Newspaper
Neither the storm that preceded the entry of “Hurricane Wilberth” to this small and beautiful town of Espita Yucatan, decreased the enthusiasm with which people greeted their favorite son, who returned home triumphantly carrying the world champion silver belt. The appointment was last Saturday at 1:00pm in the Central Park, opposite the town hall, where they set a pavilion decorated with beautiful plants and a satin blanket that had printed the words “Welcome Champion” framed with a large Mexican flag in honor of Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab.
World Extreme Cagefighting® hits Arizona for the first time on Thursday, Dec. 16 with two explosive world title fights at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. This historic night features Glendale’s Ben Henderson defending the lightweight crown against 23-year-old superstar Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, while Tucson-born Dominick Cruz defends the bantamweight title against Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen. (more…)
Everlast Worldwide and Crunch Gym will host a top squad of U.S. amateur boxers in a rare public workout on Thursday, September 30 at noon. The 13-person team will train at the Lafayette Crunch location in a pre-event workout before facing off with China on “Empires Collide”, an international boxing dual featuring two of the sport’s top nations on Friday, October 1. The dual will showcase top teams from both countries in a night of Olympic weight class action, with 10 men’s bout and three women’s contests. The full U.S. delegation will be on hand for the open workout on Thursday afternoon. (more…)
Bid Now On Front Row Seats At UFC 121: The highest bidder will receive a vist to a UFC fighter’s locker room at UFC 121 – auction ends Friday at 5pm PT
WEC Heads To Arizona For Two Title Fights: Tickets on sale this week for World Extreme Cagefighting’s first trip to Arizona; featuring a lightweight championship battle between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis, and the bantamweight gold is on the line when champion Dominick Cruz defends the belt against Scott Jorgensen! Thursday, December 16 live at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ – UFC Fight Club Presale starts Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Join today for first access to tickets
Report by David Nelmark
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir knocked out former Pride Open Weight Champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this past Saturday in the main event of UFC 119 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The first fourteen minutes of the bout featured mostly clinches and parries, but Mir ended the evening with an exclamation point, putting Cro Cop flat on his back with a vicious right knee at 4:02 in round three.
Mir was wary of Cro Cop’s famed head kicks and Cro Cop was wary of Mir’s jiu-jitsu. The resulting caution created a close, but uneventful fight. Indeed, the only knockdown prior to the finish came via an inadvertent knee to the groin by Cro Cop . . . Click here for more
Photos: German Villasenor/Team Margarito
Eight weeks away from hitting North Texas, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito is picking up steam as he heads to the coastal town of Oxnard, Calif. to continue his preparation for his rumble with the best pound for pound fighter in the world, The Honorable Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Congressman from the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. After two weeks in the City of South El Monte, Calif., where the emphasis was on mountain road work and preliminary gym work, Margarito and his team, lead by head trainer and former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, have relocated to Oxnard for the remainder of their training camp. For more details and photos click here…
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs), who will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, is outraged by Klitschko allegedly calling asthma a good excuse. “There are 300 million people in the world with asthma and not one of them would agree with Vitali Klitschko that it’s nothing serious,” said Briggs, a lifelong asthma sufferer. “Isn’t he supposed to be a doctor? A doctor of what???
“I have been in the trenches of this deadly disease and seen the heartbreak it causes,” he continued. “I spend every day trying to convince young people stricken with it that they can be anything they want in life, despite their challenges. What the world doesn’t need is someone who’s supposed to be a role model dismissing their condition as no big deal. These kids are not faking and neither am I. I am now personally dedicating my knockout punch to the sufferers of asthma worldwide that Vitali has offended. I plan on being a three-time world champion who respects people and their challenges.”
Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya laid out his vision of what would benefit the sport: one commission/sanctioning body and one major promoter. Golden Boy. “We need to sign all the talent and get all the TV dates,” said Oscar in an insightful interview with broadcastingcable.com. “Then you can have your own agenda and have a schedule for the fans and the sport. You can do a monthly PPV, a bi-weekly HBO fight, you can have the best fighters fight each other. When you have five or six promoters, it’s very difficult.” Read the entire interview…
After over a one year hiatus, Vista, CA’s featherweight Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) is ready to step back into the ring with a new found energy for the sport. In his last bout, Garcia fought to a hard earned six round draw against Jesus Hernandez back in September of last year which was a rematch of their first draw three months earlier. (more…)
Upstate New York-based Pugnacious Promotions will collaborate with The Empire Sports & Entertainment Co. to promote three professional boxing events upstate in 2011, with portions of the cards scheduled to be televised nationwide by Fox Sports and affiliates. The fight cards, in February, April and July 2011, will be held at venues to be announced and will feature regional boxers as well as national prospects and top contenders promoted by The Empire. Lightweight Mike Faragon (12-0, 6 KOs), will be featured on all three shows.
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